On November 17, 2016, AAE celebrated its 13th commencement ceremony in Kabul. 111 students graduated this year -- and every single one of them is off to college.
The ceremony took place at the Kabul University auditorium. Government officials, students' family members, teachers, and AAE supporters came together to honor the class of 2016. After Hassina Sherjan, founder of AAE, welcomed everyone, guests listened to speeches from the Minister of Education, a representative from the office of the First Lady of Afghanistan, and a video message from First Lady Rula Ghani herself. Thanks to an agreement between AAE and the Ministry of Education, all graduates received an official, state-certified diploma.
A few words from some special graduates, Firooza and Frozan:
Firooza is 28 years old and has 5 children. She turned to AAE when no other school would accept her because of her age. “I can already feel the difference in the way I talk and discuss with others, compared to when I was illiterate. My life has changed a lot.” She is headed to midwifery school soon to help other women in Afghanistan.
Frozan is 26 years old and has 3 children. Other schools don’t accept married students, so she enrolled with AAE. “Initially, it was very difficult for me to come to school because I had no one to look after my kids. Sometimes I was sitting alone and crying, but those days passed. Thank God I am a graduate. Now, I feel very happy and confident, and can help my children.” She is following her dream of becoming a dentist and is going to dental school.
Frozan has a message for you: “Thank you very much to all those who support AAE. I love you and am really grateful. AAE paved the way for me to change my life.”
You've made our graduates' dreams come true. 100% of our graduates this year are planning to continue their studies and go to college, and it’s all thanks to supporters like you. Thank you for being partners for peace, and happy holidays from everyone at AAE.
Frozan at graduation